Alex’s 6 month well-baby visit

Zach and I took Alex to his 6 month check-up with the pediatrician today. He is a healthy baby boy:

17 pounds 12 ounces

27.75 inches tall

He is no longer in the 97th percentile for height (now in the 90th) but is still in the 50th percentile for weight. In other words, he got chunkier. The Dr. commented on his alertness, how he is clearly glued to your every word, soaking it all in. I thought that was normal, but maybe it just means Alex is going to be smart (hooray!).

His 6 month vaccines were the same as the 2- and 4-month vaccines, and were equally horrible. As the nurse sticks three needles into his thighs (one in the left thigh and then two into the right thigh) his eyes well up, he starts wimpering, looks me in the eyes, clearly knowing that I am doing nothing to stop this torture, and wails. It is really heart breaking. Hopefully this time he wont have as bad of a reaction as he did after his 4-month visit. His fever got up to just under 103 degrees after his last visit, so this time we waged a preemptive attack on the fever by giving him some infant tylenol.

Here is a picture of his post-Dr.-visit self, complete with a Daffy Duck band aid on his poor little thigh:

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Flank Steak + Rosemary Potatoes

Tonight I made a delicious meal, consisting of broiled Flank Steak marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic, and roasted red potatoes coated in olive oil, salt, pepper, lots of garlic and rosemary. Unbelievably tasty meal, especially considering how easy it is.

Check it out (this picture is from the last time I made it):

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I really enjoy trying new recipes, and have recently become a regular cook. I make us dinner about 4 nights a week–the other three nights we are either eating out or making something simple (i.e. frozen pizza) because of my night class schedule–and will probably increase that to 6 once we move to California.

With all of this cooking, though, our grocery bill has increased two- or three-fold. I came across The Grocery Game, which claims to lower (drastically) your grocery bill through a posted list of sales and your own gathering of coupons. This site gives you a list of items on sale at your local grocery store (in my case Giant Eagle) and tells you how much money, percentage-wise, you can save on the individual items.

People on this site spend a very, very, small fraction of what we are spending every week, often with multiple children, so I’m tempted to believe that it really works. I haven’t actually tried it, yet, and probably wont be able to really get into it until we move to California based on the fact that the point is to stock up on items while they are on sale and, according to the website, it takes about 3 months to stock up properly.

The site also includes lists to local drug stores, such as CVS and Walgreens, so you can get extremely discounted prices (sometimes free, it seems!) on beauty items and house hold goods that you don’t tend to purchase at a grocery store.

I hope to lower the amount we spend on groceries to half of what we are paying now. I’ll let you know how that goes once we are in California and I can start really trying The Grocery Game!

Hello, World!

A few years ago I started a blog, which contained funny things that happened to me or the people I knew, musings on life and current events, and occasionally a funny image or video. Mostly, though, I didn’t post. I couldn’t keep up with it, even though I desperately wanted to have a place where I could share my world. I only had my domain name for a year, and overall it was a waste of money.  

Now that I have a very different life than I did back then, I am hoping that I can find the time, energy, and motivation to maintain this blog. If I can manage to do that for, oh, two months, I’ll consider purchasing my domain name. 

For now, here is a short introduction to my life: I was entering my second to last semester of College when I realized that I was unexpectedly pregnant. I finished up the semester and came back to live with my amazingly supportive, wonderfully intelligent, beautiful and kind partner, Zach, and gave birth to a healthy baby boy we named Alexander. 

 He is now 6 months old, and is without a doubt the most amazing person I have ever known. He goes in for his six month check-up on Monday, so I’ll have some updated statistics then. At his four month appointment he was 27 inches tall (97th percentile!) and 15 pounds 5 ounces. Long and lean, like his daddy. 

I’m finishing up my degree here in Pittsburgh, and when Zach, Alex, and I relocate to Mountain View, California, this summer I will be able to continue my education by getting a nursing degree. 

Here is my beautiful son:

Alex eating bananas.